Joe Biden, 76, fears his age makes him 'less appealing' as he considers running for presidency in 2020
Joe Biden is reportedly worried that his advanced age might prove a stumbling block and is considering running with Beto O'Rourke to add youth to the ticket
Former Vice President Joe Biden is said to be weighing up his options for a potential run for the presidency in 2020 but is reportedly concerned that his age might prove a stumbling block in his quest for the Democratic party's nomination.
Now 76-years-old, if Biden were to run and be elected president in 2020, he would become the oldest president to take office in the country's history, surpassing the record previously set by Ronald Reagan, who was 73 when he was sworn in as commander-in-chief for the second time in 1985.
According to the Daily Mail, Biden has not yet ruled himself out of the running and is currently in discussions with friends and longtime supporters on whether he would stand a reasonable chance of winning if he were to throw his hat in the ring.
The former Delaware Senator is said to be aware that his advanced age might prove less appealing to certain sections of the party as well as its voter base and is looking at solutions that could make his candidacy a more attractive prospect.
One of those solutions reportedly involves roping in outgoing Texas representative Beto O'Rourke as his running mate. The 46-year-old O'Rourke narrowly lost out on a Senate seat in the recently concluded midterm elections to Republican incumbent Ted Cruz, but it wasn't all for vain. He gained a massive following across the country and proved to be extremely popular amongst those who have been crying out for new blood in the Democratic party.
But it is unclear if O'Rourke will even take up the offer of running for the vice presidency if he is approached for the position. He had previously unequivocally ruled himself out of the running in 2020 for family reasons, though in his concession speech after the midterms, he did leave the door open by cryptically saying, "We will see you down the road."
It's apparent why supporters have been calling out for someone as naturally charismatic as O'Rourke considering many of the senior Democratic leaders are either in the late 60s or 70s. Soon-to-be House Majority leader Nancy Pelosi is 78 and looks set to once again become Speaker, though only under the condition she not hold the position for more than four years. Other potential presidential contenders from the party such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg are 69 and 76 respectively as well.
Many are instead looking forward to some of the younger candidates in the party to step up. The likes of Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, as well as Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana and former Obama housing secretary Julian Castro, are all in their 40s and 50s and more appealing alternatives.
However, one's advanced age doesn't necessarily have to count against them as Bernie Sanders proved in 2016. Now 77, Sanders managed to mobilize the younger generation's support despite running against Hillary Clinton. And Biden will have to use his experience as his selling point.
The former vice president has already touted his 36 years in the Senate and eight years in the Oval Office, as well as his significant experience in policy making to announce himself as the "most qualified person in the country to be president." He was quoted saying, "'The issues we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I've worked on my whole life."
The Daily Mail reports that the 76-year-old will take until January or February to decide whether he will indeed be seeking the presidency, though he has indicated that he will not run unless his he and his family — who are still dealing with his son, Beau Biden's 2015 death — are fully on board and in it for the long run.